Lost In Translation/Operation Thunderbolt

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Operation Thunderbolt
Operation Thunderbolt marquee.
No screen shot.
Operation Thunderbolt control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation Japan
Released 1988
Analog joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 13.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
(6x) Volume Filter
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 240 pixels
60.00 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 17 ROMs
4,785,365 bytes (4.56 MiB)
MAME ID othunder · othundrj · othundu · othunduo

About The Game

Operation Thunderbolt is a lightgun-controlled arcade video game shoot-em-up.

Terrorists have seized a passenger airplane and will execute all the hostages if their demands are not met. It is up to the veteran soldier known as 'Lone Wolf' to return to action and rescue those hostages before time runs out. Thankfully you are not alone on this mission so bring a friend and have a blast by blasting the enemies into oblivion!


Operation Thunderbolt's plot is loosely based on a real life incident known as 'Operation Entebbe' which consisted of the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 which took place in June 27, 1976 and ended on July 4, 1976. One year later, Menahem Golan directed an Israeli movie based on the incident called Mivtsa Yonatan, and was released in english as Operation Thunderbolt.


Two different versions was released in US, the new one features some changed texts (during introduction).


  1. Operation Wolf (1987)
  2. Operation Thunderbolt (1988)
  3. Operation Wolf 3 (1994)
  4. Operation Tiger (1998)


Project Reader
Masaki Ogata
Game Designers
Junji Yarita
Hiroyuki Sakou
Game Programmers
Daisuke Sasaki
Akira Ootsuki
Youzou Koma
Tatsuo Nakamura
Shinji Soyano
Music Composer
Spratter. A
Sound Editors
Masahiko Takaki
Kazuyuki Onui
Yasuko Yamada
Character Designers
Junji Yarita
Yoshihiko Wakita
Minori Ishino
Taira Sanuki
Hisakazu Katoh
PCB Designer
Takashi Ohara
Mechanical Designer
Itsuji Yamada
Cabinet Designer
Atushi Iwaoka
Art Designers
Hiroyasu Nagai
Osamu Matsuura

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the Ocean port of Operation Thunderbolt.
Amstrad GX4000 (1990)
Nintendo Super Famicom (1994)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)
Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)
Commodore C64 (1989)
Amstrad CPC (1989)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Commodore Amiga ("Operation Thunderbolt, 1989, Ocean)
Atari ST (1989)
Amstrad CPC+ (1990)
PC [MS Windows] (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Taito DJ Station -G.S.M. Taito 5- PCCB-00037[1] 1990-08-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.